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One of the top players from this year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event has parlayed his success into a sponsorship from the online poker room PokerStars.

Theo Jorgensen, the veteran Danish poker pro who was one of the chip leaders at the WSOP Main Event with four tables remaining, has become the latest poker player signed by the largest room in the industry. Jorgensen, who pursued the life of a professional poker player after graduating college in Copenhagen with a business degree, becomes the latest Team PokerStars Pro alongside such European notables as Italy’s Luca Pagano, England’s Liv Boeree and Vicky Coren, and the Netherlands’ Marcel Luske.

Jorgensen’s success over his 17-year career was the major reason for his addition to the Team PokerStars Pro roster, according to PokerStars Nordic Director Michael Holmberg. “Theo Jorgensen is in every way a fantastic ambassador for poker,” Holmberg stated. “Both his impressive merits at the tables and his positive aura fall perfectly in line with PokerStars’ values. We look forward to having such an experienced player as part of Team PokerStars Pro. Theo Jorgensen is a role model for many young and older players.”

Jorgensen was understandably excited about his poker future as a new member of the PokerStars stable. “I’m delighted to be joining the world’s largest poker site,” Jorgensen added during the announcement. “PokerStars has always hosted the best poker events in the world and sponsors only the most talented players, so I am very excited to be a part of this.”

Jorgensen’s outstanding career in the world of poker began in the 1990s, when he grinded the cash tables for a living. He didn’t enter into the tournament world until the mid-2000s, however, earning his first tournament cash in a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event during the 2004 World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship schedule at the Bellagio. It was only the first in what has become a stellar run on the worldwide tournament poker circuit.

Just months after his breakthrough, Jorgensen earned his first ever tournament victory at the European Seven Card Stud Championship for a healthy $125,248 payday. Over the past six years, Jorgensen has earned cashes in several tournaments across the European continent and has scored high finishes in every one of the major tournament schedules in the game today.

2006 marked Jorgensen’s breakthrough on the European Poker Tour (EPT), when he finished in fourth place at the Tour’s stop in Deauville, France. The next year, Jorgensen once again finished fourth in an EPT event, this time during the Scandinavian Open in Copenhagen. Earlier this year, Jorgensen emerged as the champion of the WPT stop at the Aviation Club’s Rendezvous a Paris, taking home an $848,736 payday.

For all of his success on the EPT and the WPT, Jorgensen seems to have saved his best work for the WSOP stage. At the 2008 WSOP Europe £5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, Jorgensen picked up his first ever gold bracelet and £218,626 in prize money. This year in Las Vegas, Jorgensen made a tremendous run in the Main Event and held the chip lead late before succumbing in 30th place. For his career, Jorgensen has garnered over $2.8 million in earnings.

His extensive poker background make him an excellent pickup for PokerStars. Because he is well versed in all disciplines of poker, Jorgensen will be able to step into any event and be a favorite to win. Jorgensen’s first online event as a member of Team PokerStars will be during the Nordic Championships of Online Poker, to be held on November 4th. 

This November, the World Poker Tour (WPT) will once again head to the historic and picturesque city of Marrakech, Morocco, for its second ever poker tournament in the North African region.

For this year’s version, co-sponsors Chili Poker and the WPT have teamed up to make the stop at the Casino de Marrakech a full-blown festival for poker players. The event will begin on November 20th with a €500 Deep Stack event. According to Chili Poker, professionals who will be on hand for the Deep Stack tournament include Chili Poker sponsored pro Liz Lieu, Irish poker professional Andy Black, and European Poker Tour (EPT) champions Sandra Naujoks and Liv Boeree.

The Main Event of the 2010 WPT Marrakech will be the €5,000 buy in No Limit Hold’em tournament that will begin on November 27th, with the champion crowned three days later. As an official WPT event, the victor will not only walk away with the Marrakech championship and first place bounty, but they will also earn the bracelet awarded to all WPT champions and a $25,000 seat to the 2011 Championship event at the Bellagio in April.

The 2009 version of the tournament was highly successful for the WPT, drawing a global field of 416 players from 32 different countries. The 2009 WPT Marrakech tournament, which Chili Poker and the WPT also collaborated on, was the first major poker tournament held in North Africa. The tournament featured such standout players as the aforementioned Lieu, former Main Event champion Huck Seed, and inaugural World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe Main Event champ Annette Obrestad. Christophe Savary defeated a final table that included such top players as Ludovic Lacay and Eoghan O’Dea to win the €379,014 first prize.

WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage will be on hand for the second year running to oversee the activities on the felt. “WPT Marrakech takes place in an amazing setting and, if last year is anything to go by, you can expect a loose, aggressive field,” said Savage during the announcement of this year’s event. “Casino de Marrakech is world renowned for its hospitality and WPT players can look forward to an experience unlike any other.”

Alexandre Dreyfus, Chief Executive Officer of Chili Poker, glowed about the locale of Marrakech along with the poker at hand. “Marrakech is a magic and relaxing place, so we are delighted to be bringing the WPT back to this mystical town in November,” Dreyfus commented. “We were so encouraged by turnout last year as well as the flawless organization and competitive hotel rates that, in 2010, we have built the Chili Poker Marrakech Festival around the prestigious WPT event.” Satellite tournaments for WPT Marrakech are currently running on Chili Poker and its French subsidiary, ChiliPoker.fr.

The WPT has been putting the “world” back in its name over the past couple of years after becoming almost exclusively U.S.-based. Earlier this year, the WPT held officially sanctioned events in Paris at the Aviation Club, the WPT Spanish Championship in Barcelona, and its most recent event in London, which was won by Jake Cody. Prior to the start of festivities in Marrakech, the WPT will make a stop in Amneville, France and finish its non-U.S. schedule come 2011 with a tournament in Vienna, Austria from March 24th through 28th.

Fresh off another successful cycle of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), PokerStars made another big announcement on Tuesday. U.K. poker pro Liv Boeree was named the newest member of Team PokerStars Pro a few months after leaving UB.com.

Boeree became one of the game’s hottest commodities after winning the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) San Remo Main Event in April for $1,698,000. Media and fans have become taken by not only her stunning looks, but also her academic background. Boeree earned a degree in astrophysics from the University of Manchester before committing to poker full-time.

Her poker career got started when she was selected as one of five contestants in the reality TV show “Ultimatepoker.com Showdown” and she has since worked as a presenter at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), WSOP Europe, and European Poker Tour (EPT). On the felt, Boeree’s biggest accomplishments aside from her San Remo title include a victory at the 2008 Ladbrokes European Ladies Championships for $30,000 and a 37th place finish at the 2009 World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship.

Boeree represented UB.com at the 2010 WSOP, wearing patches for the majority of the schedule. But, those patches were visibly absent during the Main Event, leaving many wondering if she had left the company looking for greener pastures. Sure enough, Boeree officially parted ways with UB.com in August and it was only a matter of time before one of the major online poker sites grabbed the rising star off the free agent market.

“It’s more of an honor than I can really describe,” Boeree said about joining Team PokerStars Pro. “It’s something I’ve been aspiring towards ever since I learned about the world of poker and I am over the moon to be achieving such a huge personal goal!”

Boeree will make her first appearance as a Team PokerStars Pro at this week’s PokerStars EPT London event, which takes place at the Hilton Metropole Hotel from September 29th to October 4th. She’s had a busy month at the tables already, taking 12th at the English Poker Open and then participating in the WSOP Europe Main Event. Boeree took 184th in the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event for $12,800. She trusts that hard work will help take her career to the next level.

“I hope to grow my game as far as possible by studying and playing as much as I can,” Boeree said. “I’ll also hopefully get to use the wonderful resource of the other Team Pros – some of the greatest poker minds in the game! Hopefully, I’ll use this to produce further results and make the Team proud!”

Boeree joins Vicky Coren, John Duthie, Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth, J.P. Kelly, and Julian Thew as members of Team PokerStars UK and Ireland. All are expected to be on hand for the EPT London festivities.